I may underrate the difficulty of my task, but it seems to me very simple. Physicians can improve the Pharmacopeia by taking a more direct and critical interest in it. I have had occasion lately in a paper read before the Philadelphia County Medical Society to present some facts concerning the change of control in the Pharmacopeia and to suggest radical changes in the method of revision. That paper has been deemed of sufficient importance by several pharmaceutic journals to be published in full.
It is not necessary to present in any detail the history of the nine issues of the Pharmacopeia. The important data are given in the book itself. The first issue (1820) was under exclusive medical control. No college of pharmacy then existed in this country, and advice was but indirectly received from pharmacists. Notwith-standing the fact that colleges of pharmacy were established before the first revision